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Chloe paints by Hart

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Chloe Hart has a gift, though at first glance she looks like any other 14-year-old girl.
With a mop of blond hair wrapped in a crude bun on top of her head, school tie undone and paint stuck to her hands, Chloe, who is shy by nature, gingerly introduces herself.

Attention makes her blush, but it is something she will have to get used to.
Chloe is a Hart – the grand-daughter of iconic Australian artist Pro Hart and daughter of his son, David, also a renowned artist and gallery owner. Now, Chloe is making her own mark.
“I’ve always painted and made things. It’s just what I do,” said Chloe, who lives with her father and mother, Christine, on their serene Tanawha property.
“The first thing I remember making that I was really proud of was a painting of flowers I did for my Year 3 teacher. It was a present for her.”
The way Chloe’s art career is going, that lucky teacher now owns a highly-prized piece of investment art.
Chloe, a Year 9 student at Sunshine Coast Christian College, sold her first painting at the age of 11 in her parents’ Noosa Hart Gallery.
Every year since she has produced three to four works, all of which have been snapped up by savvy investors. There is a waiting list for her work at present.
At the end of this month Chloe will take part in her first exhibition, which will showcase the work of three generations of Harts – Pro, David and Chloe – called Generation Next.
“My friends at school think it’s pretty cool my paintings are going to be exhibited, but it’s no big deal,” Chloe said.
“None of my friends and teachers really know about my family and their art, and it’s not something I talk about much. I don’t think my art teacher even knows.”
Chloe has travelled around the world and seen the work of many masters.
She said Egyptian hieroglyphics fascinate her, as do the intricate painting in ancient synagogues.
When asked who her favourite artist was though, her answer was simple: “My dad”.
David, who grew up surrounded by one of Australia’s foremost private art collections, said there was no pressure for Chloe to follow the family legacy and become an artist.
He knows being a Hart comes with expectation.
“I didn’t really start painting properly until I was 16, and it was then I realised I did want to be an artist,” David said.
“There is no way I’d ever push Chloe to become an artist. I think the most important thing is to create opportunities for her to discover art for herself.
“If, however, Chloe decides she wants to be an artist she will have a unique platform, which is the Hart name, she can work from.”
Chloe is not certain of the path she will follow, but it is clear she wants to pave the way developing her own distinct style.
Her work is different to the Harts who have come before her, abstract and full of colour. David calls them “action paintings”.
In the past Chloe has been commissioned to paint several iconic Hart dragonflies, but said “they’re not my thing”.
“I know that painting will always be a part of my life and I couldn’t imagine what it would be like if I didn’t have art,” Chloe said.
“My poppy (Pro) and dad have taught me a lot and I know I’m lucky. I just love making pretty things.”

Business Magnate, Corporate Leader, Financer, Industrialist & Artist?

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The combination of creative talent and commerce skills can be a contrasting association, prominent artist David Hart has discovered a faultless balance between artistic passion and a functional understanding for business. A resident in the area for the past eight years, David Hart has chosen the Sunshine Coast precincts of Noosa and Mooloolaba as a base for the prestigious David Hart Galleries that exhibit, amongst other artists, his widely acclaimed and collected work.

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It’s art for Hart’s sake

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Married to successful contemporary artist David Hart, son of Pro Hart, Christine directs the day-to-day running of her husband’s galleries on the Coast.
179043 Chloe, Christine and David Hart at the Pro Hart Charity exhibition held at David Hart Galleries.

When you are a Hart, life dictates art.
Christine Hunt wed into the Hart art family dynasty. Married to successful contemporary artist David Hart, son of Australia’s iconic Pro Hart, Christine directs the day-to-day running of her husband’s galleries at Noosa and Mooloolaba.
For Christine, investing in art came naturally, but she said those not involved in the art world were often afraid to take the plunge into investment art. But that trend was changing.
“If you’ve done your research, art is a stable and secure investment that appreciates over time,” Christine said.
“Gradually, people are becoming aware of this and are buying art to diversify their investments, even investing in art as part of their superannuation. The important thing to remember when buying art is that it’s not like buying shares: you’ve got to hold on to the piece for at least five years.”
According to Christine, one of the main advantages of buying art is that it can be enjoyed in the home and passed through generations. “When you buy a piece of art for investment it’s not something you tuck away,’’ she said.
“You hang it on your wall and enjoy it every day.
“It becomes an important part of your day-to-day life.
“David and I have kept certain special pieces that will be passed on to our children and, we hope, stay in the Hart family.
“A sector of the market we’ve noticed growth in is parents buying art as milestone gifts for their children – for weddings, birthdays and anniversaries.”
Christine said that before starting an art collection, research was vital.
She said a good way to find information was to talk to art dealers, read art publications and use the internet.
“You need to know about the artist whose work you are buying – their background and prizes they’ve won,” she said.
“By keeping up to date with art happenings, you get a sense for who emerging investment artists are and can buy their work early in their career.”
Throughout June, David Hart Gallery at Noosa will hold its 2009 Collector’s Exhibition.
Some of the works for sale come from Christine and David’s private collection, including works by Pro Hart and David Boyd.
The total value of works for sale is $845,000, with art ranging in price from $500 to $95,000.
“One of the great things about buying art is that it is accessible to most budgets,” Christine said

Artist David Hart’s property is more than the family home

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my_property_review_march_2009Artist David Hart’s Tanawha property is more than the family home. It’s the centre of his business, the location of his studio and a showcase for his and his father’s work.
Approach the gates of artist David Hart’s home, and you know you’re in the right place, thanks to the bronze gragonflies that adorn the entrance.

More bang for buck

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The life of Pro Hart is being celebrated in Mooloolaba, providing a unique opportunity for collectors to acquire rare paintings and raise funds for breast cancer research.
David Hart with his father Pro Hart’s work ‘War Talk’ from the Gallipoli series. Photos: Michaela O’Neill/179083

Which Australian artist would set off explosives in his gallery just to get a feel for the atmosphere of his work?
Pro Hart, of course.
The life of the iconic Australian artist is being celebrated in Mooloolaba, providing a unique opportunity for collectors to acquire rare paintings and raise funds for breast cancer research.
A collection of 40 of the late Pro’s works, including many from his private collection, are being exhibited at the gallery of his son, David Hart.
Included is the rare “War Talk” – part of his most significant series on the fighting at Gallipoli.
David said recreating the sounds and smells of the battlefield inspired his father to create his powerful Gallipoli paintings.
Pro had access to explosives gear from the mine where he worked and was an active member of the local gun club.
“Dad would let off shots of gunpowder while he painted this series as it would help him visualise the scenes,” David said.
“He really immersed himself in his art.”
“War Talk” has a price tag of $95,000 and David said that to his knowledge, it was the only piece of the collection available for purchase.
It is an unusual representation of a battle scene with masked characters, with their nasty eyes and teeth, representing the generals and commanders who sent men off to war but rarely faced the horror themselves.
A large number of the artworks on display will be readily recognisable – even though they have not seen the light of day for almost four decades – as they are original pieces which feature in classic Australian books including Poems by Banjo Patterson.
“These paintings have been sitting in storage for a lifetime, now they’re getting a new lease of life,” David said.
While art lovers will be out in force to grab one of Pro’s pieces, the economic climate is expected to attract investors looking for something more attractive than the stock market.
“Australian art doesn’t go backwards,” David said.
“Australian art continues to rise, unlike shares and property which go up and down like a yo-yo.”
“In recent times Dad’s artwork has enjoyed a very good increase.
“Where are you going to get another one?”
Pro’s paintings became more in demand than usual after his death in 2006 and David said the continuing demand had pushed prices up.
“There’s not a great deal left out in Broken Hill.”
Art enthusiasts can view the exhibition until November 2 at David Hart Galleries in Mooloolaba.